Birch Point Farm

Birch Point Farm is a CSA farm in lovely northwest lower Michigan, located between Lake Leelanau and the west arm of Grand Traverse Bay. We specialize in heirloom vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers, which we market through our CSA, the Traverse City farmers' market, and local wholesale accounts. We currently grow annuals on only a small piece of the 20 total acres, but plan to put in permaculture-based plantings of fruit and nut trees, brambles, berries, asparagus, and table grapes over the next few years. Michelle has worked on four other CSA farms in Massachusetts and Michigan, including the MSU Student Organic Farm, where she was the farm manager and helped to start the year-round CSA program. In 2006, she took a 5-month bicycle tour of 31 of the 70+ CSA farms in Michigan, volunteering on each one, and recording video interviews and footage which was made into a short documentary. Brenin has been farming in Northern Michigan in 2010 following work at permaculture homesteads and edible nurseries in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to farming vegetables for CSA and farmers markets, he leads workshops on plant propagation, grafting, and care of edible perennials. When he has time he enjoys playing music and sailing the beautiful fresh waters of Michigan. One of our goals is a thriving local food system and local economy, in which eaters know their farms and farmers and what it takes to produce food. We encourage, but do not require, CSA members to visit the farm and volunteer, ask questions, learn about the entire operation. We're not certified organic, but use all certifiable growing practices. Our current focus is on building soil health, farm infrastructure, and our CSA community.

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Listing last updated on May 12, 2014

Cut Flower shares, Bread shares, Higher Grounds coffee, and Champion Hill honey by special order available this year.

Organic strawberries and cherries (sweet and tart), chestnuts, pork, and shiitake mushrooms available by special order.

We offer custom orders for fresh flowers, salad greens, and Michelle's Italian Biscotti for events. Contact us about weddings and other special orders.



Season:  March through December

Type:  single farm

Since:  2008

# of Shares:  80

Full Share:  Traditional CSA share: $575 for 18 weeks. A share is intended to feed a family of four, or 2-3 veggie lovers. Investor Share: $50-$500, your choice, all year long. NEW THIS YEAR: 8 week Fall/Winter Share for $250 Nov-Dec

Work Req?  No


Schedule and Location:

Downtown Traverse City Sara Hardy Farmers' Market
In the public parking lot across from the Chamber of Commerce
Saturdays 8-12:30, May through October
Wednesdays 8-12:30, June-September

Winter Indoor Market at The Commons
Saturdays 10-2; November-December AND end of Feb through April.

some restaurant accounts-contact BPF for more info



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